Day old bronze turkey chicks know as poults arrive on the farm in July and are kept in small groups under heat lamps that are gradually turned down until they are 4 weeks old.
It is at this stage that fresh herbs are introduced into their diet in custom built hay racks in the field. The herbs are a mixture of parsley, chives, dill, coriander, thyme, fennel, tarragon and marjoram to name just a few, which they love, but their all-time favourite is basil! The only herb they don’t eat is sage! Such fussy eaters!!!
By November the turkeys are eating over a tonne of fresh herbs each week.
Like our chickens feeding our turkeys fresh herbs enhances the natural flavour of the meat giving it a far greater depth and an extra dimension. For a meat which has gained the unfair reputation for being a flavourless, dry meat, it also remains wonderfully moist when cooked.
Pecking through the herbs keeps the birds occupied resulting in a happy and extremely healthy bird. As well as this the herbs give additional nutrients to the turkey’s diet on top of the cereal based, additive free feed from a local mill.
To minimize stress, our turkeys are slaughtered on-site in our approved processing facility. They are then dry plucked and waxed to give the finest finish.
Like a game bird the turkeys are hung for at least 10 days ‘long legged’ at 2 – 4oC to allow the meat to tenderize and take on even more flavor.
After hanging, they are eviscerated, the giblets are saved to make the best gravy and the birds are trussed and weighed ready for dispatch.
Each of our birds are individually boxed and sent out with a pack of fresh herbs and a recipe for the ‘perfect Christmas stuffing’ in which the herbs are used.
The turkeys are selected according to the customer’s desired weight and either delivered to our stockists, or you can order Direct From The Farm for delivery directly to your door.